449 Building A Brese “J”- Style Small Smoother Pt 2

December 9, 20100 Comments

In this episode we’ll wrap up the final assembly of this amazing little smoother plane and I’ll explain the right way to do it, while also explaining WHAT I ended up doing instead.

Of course luckily in the end it all came together and works just as well and amazingly as I had hoped and dreamed it would!

If you’re not familiar with Ron Brese and his amazingly beautiful hand planes you really need to take a look for yourself. They’re not just gorgeous to look at, but the feeling you have when you pick one up and take a few passes with them is mind blowing. They’re a really work of art and they have the capability to elevate your planing to a new level. Don’t just take my word for it, ask anyone who’s had the pleasure of trying them out.

Of course I’m not going to lie and pretend this kind of beauty doesn’t have its cost. Ron makes each plane himself and doesn’t rush the construction. He makes them to exacting tolerances with the end result being tiny, wispy shavings more reminiscent of soft billowy clouds than thin see through shavings. And that’s not just on any old wood, we’re talking those kind of results on some of the nasty, trickiest grains out there.

Again, don’t take my word for it. Ron often travels around the country with the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event. Stop by his booth and manhandle a plane for yourself. Maybe you could bring a sample of that board you’ve had trouble with before and see if he’ll let you try one of the planes on it?

To learn more about Ron Brese or any of these amazing planes pictured above, visit his website at www.breseplane.com. Tell him Matt sent you!

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